CHS sweeps awards at Youth Parliament on Commonwealth Day

Last Updated: Sunday, 30 September 2012 Published: Monday, 10 March 2008 Written by Leandra Lander
The Convent High School was deeply involved in Commonwealth Day activities on Monday 10th 2008.

The day as usual began with a church service at The Lady of Fair Haven Cathedral and was attended by his Excellency, President Nicholas J.O. Liverpool who read a message from Queen Elizabeth II, the Head of the Commonwealth. In attendance were also Hon.Ambrose George, Acting Prime Minister,members of cabinet and members of the Diplomatic Corps especially those who are representing member states of the Commonwealth.

The fourth formers of the Convent High School and students of other high schools attended the service from across Dominica. Other students of the school made up the choir, where a special rendition of ‘Imagine’ by John Lennon was sung, encouraging countries with differences to unite in commonalities. The choir was led by Mrs. Jennifer White, the Singing instructor of the Convent High school, Miss Euvilla Lewis and Mrs. Carmel Agar.

Not very far away, Jilane-Milani Prevost, Daina Matthew, Juanita John Phillip of 4-E and Kelda David of 4-B, got their chance to be members of the National Schools Youth Parliament at the House of Assembly.

This activity was one of the highlights on Commonwealth Day as well. Students got the chance with other students of high schools in Dominica to debate a topic as either members of the opposition or government. This year’s the topic was “The Environment -Our Future.” Youth Parliament began at 8:30 a.m.

Convent High School won three of prizes awarded by the judges. The Best Speaker Award went to Jilane -Milani Prevost.  First Place for the Opposition went to Daina Matthew and  Second Place for the Government  went to Juanita Jno Phillip.
Special thanks to Mrs. Daria Sorhanido, Head of English and Diane Bannis, Head of Mathematics and Business, who prepared the students, as well as Mr. Julien Prevost, lawyer, former parliamentarian and father of Jilane-Milani for sharing his experience and knowledge with the students.

The Commonwealth comprises of 53 independent states consulting and co-operating in the common interests of their peoples and in the promotion of international understanding and world peace. The Commonwealth is made up of 2 billion citizens, about 30 percent of the world’s population of different races, backgrounds and faiths
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